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Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats

My sweet tooth and I cannot get enough of these chewy, ooey gooey Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats!

Marshmallows, peanut butter, rice Krispies cereal….listen, even if you don’t cook or bake often, it’s really hard to go wrong with this easy, no bake, 5-ingredient Rice Krispie treats loaded with peanut butter!

rice krispie treats in square pieces on a white surface with marshmallows

Rice Krispie Bars…with Peanut Butter!

I love the peanut butter in these Rice Krispie Bars because it takes the simple classic cereal treat to a whole new, much more delicious level.

Whenever I make Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats I can never count on leftovers because they always disappear before my eyes…

Like these Strawberry Thumbprint Cookies or Mango Crumble Bars, I don’t expect these to hang around a long time in the kitchen!

I have all the tips and tricks for making the most perfect Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats, everything from flavor to texture to how to prepare it.

But first, here’s what you need to know about these yummy rice krispie treats with peanut butter:

  • They are perfectly gooey, chewy and delicious.
  • Peanut butter brings a nice flavor to it, and also making it not crazy sweet, but just sweet enough! It also packs some nice protein, and I like to think it makes it (slightly) healthier! 😉
  • Takes only about 15 minutes to make.
  • No baking required, just a little time for the Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats to set (30 minutes).
  • Makes a delicious dessert or snack!
  • Keeps well in room temperature
Closeup of a square peanut butter rice krispie treat

Ingredient Notes

Here’s the best part: these Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats are made with only FIVE ingredients!

Five easy-to-find, pantry-friendly ingredients that you may already have at hand:

  • Rice Krispie cereal – I have used off-brands and they work just as well
  • Mini marshmallows – the mini ones melt faster so that is why I always recommend using mini marshmallows. If you are using bigger marshmallows, cut them into smaller pieces.
  • Salted butter – I like using salted instead of unsalted because the salt in the butter opens up the flavor and brings a nice touch to the treat.
  • Peanut butter – use the creamy kind, I just don’t think crunchy works as well in this
  • Vanilla extract – brings a nice vanilla flavor to these treats

Equipment Needed

When making Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats, I highly recommend using a dutch oven, non stick pot or some kind of enamel coated pot.

Avoid using stainless steel because the peanut butter and marshmallow mixture stick to it.

In addition you will also need a 8′ x 8′ square casserole dish for this. 

A 9″ x 13″ dish can be used too – it will just yield a thinner Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Bars.

Top down view of a few peanut butter rice krispie treats

How to make Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats

Let’s start by making the marshmallow/peanut butter sauce that is responsible for holding the Rice Krispies together.

The sauce is made out of butter, peanut butter, marshmallow and vanilla extract.

Making peanut butter marshmallow sauce in a pot

Make sure to cook under medium low heat and stir continuously.

Once all the marshmallows are dissolved, switch off heat, then add the Rice Krispies cereal to the pot.

Adding rice krispie cereal into a pot of peanut butter sauce

Fold cereal into the mixture until it is all combined.

At this point, it is very tempting to munch on these sticky Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats….I say go for it!

I will not disclosed the amount of munching I did while making batches of these yummies… (Hint: too much. Way too much…)

Let’s just say once you start snacking on these Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats, it is hard to stop!

Mixing peanut butter along with rice krispies cereal in a large pot

Don’t munch on it for too long though…only because you want to transfer these Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats into a greased baking dish that is at least 2-3 inches deep before it hardens.

Rice krispie treats setting on a square dish

When adding to the dish, do not press on Peanut Butter Rice Krispies too much because that will make it harder to cut and pull apart once the marshmallow hardens.

Just gently spoon it onto the baking dish, and even if the top isn’t perfectly even, I would leave it that way, and not press on it too much.

Let it sit for 30 minutes in room temperature and cut them into square bars.

The final product? Bite-size Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats that are chewy, sticky, peanut butter-y (is that even a word?) and simply irresistible.

Tip and Tricks

Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Bars are indeed super easy to make! Just take note of a few of this and you’ll be an expert before you know it!

  • When cooking peanut butter and marshmallow mixture, stir continuously under medium low heat to avoid the burning the mixture.
  • Be sure to grease the dish before adding the sticky Peanut Butter Rice Krispies for easy removal.
  • Once the heat is turn off, quickly place sticky Rice Krispies onto the baking dish before it hardens. It hardens pretty quickly!
  • Avoid pressing on Peanut Butter Rice Krispies when placing them on the dish and overpacking them.
  • Do not store in refrigerator because marshmallow would harden and it will be hard to bite into. Store in room temperature in an airtight container.
Peanut butter rice krispie bars in square shapes

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I use a 9′ x 13′ rectangular dish for this?

Yes! It will just yield a thinner Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Squares.

How to store Rice Krispie Treats?

Store them in an air tight container in room temperature, do not refrigerate or freeze them – it will be too hard to bite into.

Can I use off brand Rice Krispies? Do they work the same?

Yes! They work just fine!

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Square peanut butter rice krispie treat

Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats

These Rice Krispies are made with gooey marshmallows, peanut butter and Rice Krispies. Cereal treats make the best snack and desserts!
5 from 6 votes
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Course: Dessert, Snacks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Resting time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 9 servings
Calories: 258kcal
Author: MinShien

Ingredients

  • 6 tbsp salted butter
  • 10 oz mini marshmallows
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 4 cups RIce Krispie cereal

Instructions

  • Heat a large pot under medium heat and add butter until it is completely melted.
  • Lower heat to medium low. Add mini marshmallows, vanilla extract and peanut butter. Stir continuously until mixture is combined and marshmallows dissolve.
  • Remove from heat and add Rice Krispies cereal. Fold them into the sticky sauce.
  • Grease a 9' x 9' baking dish and fill it with sticky Rice Krispie cereal. Avoid pressing down on Rice Krispie Treats because we don't want to pack it in – it will make it hard to cut into pieces.
  • Let it sit for 30 minutes. Cut into 9 square pieces.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Notes

Alternatively, a 9′ x 13′ baking dish can be used as well. It will yield thinner pieces of Rice Krispie Treats.

Nutrition

Calories: 258kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 190mg | Potassium: 67mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 1061IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 4mg
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8 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Excellent! Just the right amount of peanut butter flavor!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Thank you! Glad you enjoyed them, Tom!

  2. 5 stars
    I make Rice Krispie treats often, but had never added peanut butter before. These were great!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Isn’t it so good with peanut butter! Thanks for the review!

  3. Christina says:

    5 stars
    They didn’t even last 1 day. I’m going to add some chocolate chips next time.

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Yum! GREAT idea!

  4. 5 stars
    This is my childhood favorite and adding peanut butter to the mix makes it even better. I remember adding sprinkles too because what little girl doesn’t love sprinkles LOL

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Adding peanut butter AND sprinkles sounds amazing!! 🙂